Menopause, and the period leading up to menopause, typically begins after 40 years of age.
The usual symptoms that menopausal patients complain of are insomnia, irritability, headaches, night sweats, hot flashes, decreased libido, vaginal dryness and overall emotional instability.
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Night sweats are episodes of night-time sweating that soak your nightclothes or bedding and are related to some underlying cause.
You may occasionally awaken after perspiring excessively, particularly if you are sleeping under too many blankets or if your bedroom is too warm. These episodes are usually not labelled as night sweats and, although uncomfortable, typically aren't a sign of a medical problem.
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Night sweats, also known as sleep hyperhidrosis, is the occurrence of excessive sweating during sleep. The person may or may not also suffer from excessive perspiration while awake.
One of the most common causes of night sweats in women over 40 is the hormonal changes related to menopause and perimenopause. This is a very common occurrence during the menopause transition years and while annoying, it is not necessarily dangerous or a sign of underlying disease.
While night sweats might be relatively harmless, it can also be a sign of a serious underlying disease. It is important to distinguish night sweats due to medical causes from those that occur simply because the sleep environment is too warm, either because the bedroom is unusually hot or because there are too many covers on the bed.
Night sweats caused by a medical condition or infection can be described as "severe hot flashes occurring at night that can drench sleepwear and sheets, which are not related to the environment. Some of the underlying medical conditions and infections that cause these severe night sweats can be life-threatening and should promptly be investigated by a medical practitioner. source wikipedia
Medical conditions that can cause night sweats
Diseases and conditions that can cause night sweats include:
- Autonomic neuropathy (damage to your autonomic nerves)
- Brucellosis (a bacterial infection)
- Carcinoid syndrome (a syndrome resulting from a certain type of cancerous tumor)
- Endocarditis (an infection of your heart lining)
- Hodgkin's lymphoma (Hodgkin's disease)
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
- Myelofibrosis (a bone marrow disorder)
- Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
- Pheochromocytoma (a rare adrenal gland tumor)
- Pyogenic abscess (a pus-filled cavity caused by an infection)
- Sleep disorders (such as obstructive sleep apnea)
- Syringomyelia (a fluid-filled cyst in the spinal cord)
Medications that can cause night sweats
Night sweats are a common side effect of many medications, such as:
- Depression medications (antidepressants)
- Drugs used to regulate your hormones (hormone therapy)
- Drugs that lower the level of sugar in your blood (hypoglycemic agents)
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